Honk if Pluto is a planet (and if you HATE the Windows startup sound!)



August 25th, 2006 by Kat Kingsley-Hughes

WindowsJust reading Adrian’s post over on Hardware 2.0 about Microsoft’s intransigence by in future not allowing us to turn off the Windows start up sound in Window Vista.  It seems it’s all about branding and we’re supposed to hear the sound – enjoy it even – whether we want to or not.  I’m definitely on the side of not, having been subjected to PCs running Window’s Vista at home and at work making that damn noise day in, day out for months.  It’s not branding, it’s noise pollution and not allowing users to switch it off is audio terrorism. 

Imagine an office full of Vista machines starting up, all making that nasty little jingle first thing, and then intermittently throughout the day as they need rebooting (let’s face it that sound is already synonymous with Windows crashing!)   Imagine being a patient in hospital in a ward where the computers at the nurses station and the doctor’s offices are all doing it.  Or what happens next time your laptop crashes when you’re using it to take notes during a meeting or in a lecture theater?    I swear murders will be committed, possibly in my house!

I’d thought up till now it was a bug with Windows Vista and that one morning, possible soon, after downloading and installing the latest and greatest build, I wouldn’t start the day by being jarred from my slumber by that hateful noise.

PlutoI guess you can tell I’m pretty steamed about this!  Likewise a lot of people are surprisingly steamed about the loss of Pluto as a planet and are creating their own noise pollution, accordingly.   Listening to some of them (and even some of the sensible folks) you’d think that the dear icy rock that we love so much had drifted from of its distantly erratic orbit out into the Kuiper Belt never to be seen again, rather than merely being downgraded from full planet to the lesser designation of dwarf planet.  It all makes for some pretty funny reading.  Lots of folks seem to have some pretty mixed up ideas about how long we’ve had a planet Pluto anyway, but they sure seem to identify with it.  Perhaps it’s a sign of how folks are feeling these days and maybe we’re all a little afraid that we might just lose planet status in our own lives some day soon…

If we could rule the world by consensus, sentiment and sheer vehemence, Pluto would be upgraded right to gas giant!  So, I too think Pluto at least deserves to stay a planet, out of respect to the gentleman who discovered it, Clyde Tombaugh, not all that long ago in 1930.  And since the textbooks will all have to be rewritten either way now, perhaps we should instead have some new planets added.  At least that would all give us some new information to learn, rather than having to unlearn something.

So yes,  if we can rule the world by consensus, rather than by shadowy meetings of Astronomers in Prague (or developers in Redmond!)  I will honk for Pluto being a planet …  just as long as we can tack on a resolution to get rid of that damn Windows Startup sound!!!

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2 Responses to “Honk if Pluto is a planet (and if you HATE the Windows startup sound!)”

  1. The PC Doctor Says:

    Love Pluto? Hate that Windows Vista startup sound? Then HONK!!!...

    Kathie loves Pluto, but hates that Vista startup sound :

    Imagine an office full of Vista machines starting up, all making that nasty little jingle first thing, and then intermittently throughout the day as they need rebooting (let’s fa...

  2. jax Says:

    You will listen to the sound? We will make you listen? It's part of our branding? What?
    When did Microsoft take over Room 101? Bad press, more over bloated programming, features I don't need, oh, and a higher spec processor to run all this? My PC is plugged into my A/V system, which means I never have to have Windows or any other sounds by default. It sounds like a good reason for turning your speakers off before start up. Vista in my house, running 3 PC's and a laptop? Not if I can help it! Must be time to try getting my head round Ubuntu again. 🙂

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